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give real credit to the obama administration. they have been very good on investments. president obama was the first democrat in 30 years to put out an open investment statement. why? because foreign direct investment in the u.s. creates jobs disporing portion -- disproportioned manufacturing oriented and 50% likely to be unionized. this is capital we should be fighting for. ic we need to a-- i think we need to approach trade in the second obama term with the same degree of confidence to the point michael made. the world is ready to engage with us. they proposalled -- proposed a free trade agreement. pick up on that and go with it. there's a partnership negotiated out in asia, chinese, and now part of the negotiation, but they follow it very, very closely. let's just proceed with confidence because i think people want us to succeed. >> guys, out of the way of conversation, but you mentioned china, thank goodness. john alter, up here earlier, we were in china, and everywhere we went, john would doggedly hound the chinese with what are you going to do if mitt romney wins and on day one,
to pose and you can answer it anyway you want, what is next? what is next for feminist politics, the obama administration, what do we want, what do we imagine it to be? specular to utopian question? grassroots on the ground question? >> can't we just stayed in this week for a really long time? [laughter] >> oh while. what is next? i don't even want to say what is next. there is stuff that i alluded to before. around the administration continuing the move very strongly which has been in some ways quietly to advance regulatory policy changes, both at the executive level, the president actually signing an executive order and also at the level of the agency, a federal agency, so much bridge work, i will not like the person that i am from b.c. talking about the things that happen in d.c. but to make some real we don't need to have legislation passed in congress, stuff like getting married, same-sex couples counted in the census so it would be great if we got everybody counted in all federal surveys that exist which doesn't seem like a big deal in terms of changing people's lives, but one of the
, but all of this will occur only if a reelected barack obama can somehow find the unique temperament required to work with his administration to move to the center and discover ways to reach meaningful compromise with a congress willing to pass legislation this country so desperately needs. although it is not a subject of this paper, one can ask, will he be reelected? historically, rarely have presidents been reelected to a second term with popularity ratings in the 40% level, which is where obama rests. but so does romney. it is interesting to note that only three of 19 presidents elected to a second term had relatively less popularity ratings at the time of their re-election -- had relatively low popularity ratings at the time of their re-election. these were woodrow wilson, harry truman and george w. bush. these presidents experienced troubled or failed second terms. history aside, one cannot discount the possibility that obama would win not based on statistics like this, but because the electorate judges him the best alternative of the two candidates. success in a second term for
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